It’s getting hard not to laugh during “True Blood” season six, even if it is during the final serious moments of the episode, such as on “In the Evening,” which aired July 28.
That’s not to say the HBO “drama” isn’t entertaining. From the sexy scenes – Jessica and her new vamp friend James, not Pam and the therapist, please – to the bloodthirsty vamps who go after Jason in the General Population ward and the out-for-blood werewolves, each episode this season has had its high moments. But it’s also gotten a bit ridiculous in ways.
This might be in part because the show seems to be doing too much. There’s weres, vamps, faeries, shifters, and who knows what else, and sometimes its hard to say where it’s all going. Pam is seducing the therapist – “I’m not hungry because I’m horny” – she complains, and what is her end game exactly? Is she trying to escape, like Eric did in the first few heart-pounding – and best – moments of “True Blood “In the Evening”?
As for Eric Northman, he easily has the best storyline of the HBO season. Even more so than Bill, he seems to be proactively trying to stop the humans from destroying his kind. Yes, Bill ripped the head off the governor in last week’s episode, but Bill has largely stayed at home running tests on blood.
On the other hand, Eric is the one who discovered that the governor has put Hepatitis-V into the TruBlood, and he’s going to do something to stop it… after all, that’s just what killed his sister Nora. And that brings fans to the end of the episode in which Eric remembers finding Nora with pestilence and bringing her back from the brink of death by giving her to Godric to become a vamp. While this moment, with blood tears streaming down his face, is one of the most emotional that fans have ever seen Eric, it is completely and utterly ruined by how over-the-top Nora’s death is. She doesn’t just die; she bubbles, oozes, and explodes.
And through all this, what is Bill up to? Not hunting down the “white room” where all the vamps are going to meet the sun, but visiting Andy Bellefleur to pay his respects for Terry’s untimely death. It’s a tense moment, and perhaps it does show a bit of humanity left in the Bill/Lilith creature, but it feels so unnecessary.
After all, why is Bill showing off how he can walk in the sun now? He’s giving away his best trick, and for what? To prove to Sookie that he has a “heart”? Or is he just that egotistical now that he loves showing off his powers? Or can he simply not wait to talk to Sookie about needing Warlow to save the vamps? Whatever it is, it’s Sookie who ruins this moment by stupidly saying, “Today is about Arlene, not about vamps walking in daylight.”
Hey, Sookie, isn’t this development something that shouldn’t be ignored? The world Sookie lives in on “True Blood” is increasingly one of denial. She doesn’t want to believe half the things that are right in front of her face.
As if this isn’t enough to take in on “In the Evening,” plenty of other things are afoot too. Now that the governor is dead, Sarah Newlin is in charge, meaning she can do anything she wants to Jason, like throw him to the vamps. For once, thank god for Tara standing up for her once-best friend’s brother.
Then there are the wolves too, who didn’t get too much air time, except for the pack turning on Alcide when they all learn that no, he didn’t kill Sam and the girl as he claimed.
The highlight of this season continues to be the storyline surrounding the humans attempt to kill the vamps, and with only three episodes left, here’s hoping that’s what the show focuses on and stops getting distracted by less engaging plots.
“True Blood” airs on HBO Sundays at 9 p.m. EDT.
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